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Moms and daughters deserve some one-on-one time to bond and have fun together. And what could be a more perfect bonding activity than taking a vacation together? To help you plan a memorable trip, we've rounded up ten getaway ideas that mothers and daughters can do together that will be fun and exciting.
Walt Disney World, FL
New York City, NY
There's a never-ending list of things to do and see in the City That Never Sleeps. From Broadway shows to amazing shopping, brunch spots, and museums, New York City offers plenty to keep moms and daughters happy. When you need to give your wallet a break, head to one of the city's gorgeous parks, or enjoy any number of the free attractions the Big Apple has to offer.
San Francisco, CA
Fisherman's Wharf, cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge are just three reasons to visit San Francisco—but you'll enjoy a whole host of things to do in this beautiful, cosmopolitan city. Head to Golden Gate Park and you'll find a Japanese Tea Garden, the de Young museum, and charming Dutch windmills. Later, take a trip to the top of Twin Peaks for stunning views of the San Francisco Bay. Of course, no mother-daughter trip to the Bay Area is complete without a winery tour of Napa and Sonoma.
Skytop Lodge, PA
Looking for a grand old mountain lodge on the East Coast? Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains offers families a wonderful chance to get away from it all and play in the Great Outdoors. Together, mothers and daughters can take an arts-and-crafts workshop, go on a hay ride or scavenger hunt, or take a guided walk through nature. By car, it's just under a two-hour drive northwest of New York City and just over two hours north of Philadelphia.
Hotel del Coronado, CA
A San Diego landmark, the Hotel del Coronado is classy, historic, and kid-friendly. Adventure-seeking moms and daughters can take lessons in several water sports (including kayaking and surfing) and tennis, or go on a bicycle tour. The Del offers plenty of programs for kids, teens, and families, too. If you're in need of R&R, book a treatment at the Spa, or lay your towel out on the beach.
Grand Hotel, MI
A summer resort since 1887, Grand Hotel is one of America's most iconic resorts and boasts the longest front porch in the world. Set on Michigan's storybook Mackinac Island—where motorized vehicles are prohibited and folks get around on bikes and horse-drawn carriages—the hotel is a step back in time and offers myriad ways to enjoy the resort and island together, from biking to horseback riding to swimming in the 220-foot pool.
Mohonk Mountain House, NY
Just two hours from New York City, Mohonk Mountain House is a "Victorian castle" with a lakeside setting on 1,200 acres offering all-inclusive pricing and a long list of activities including yoga, hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and more.
Safari West, CA
Love animals? Set on a 400-acre private wildlife preserve in Sonoma County, California, Safari West is home to numerous African wildlife species, including giraffes, rhinoceros, and cheetahs. Take a three-hour Jeep tour of the grounds before you help feed the animals and feasting on South African braai. Round out your girls' getaway by glamping in a double tent—wine and chocolate included.
Indulge in your love of chocolate with a mom-daughter trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the lampposts are shaped like Hershey's Kisses. Splurge on a stay at Hotel Hershey or choose a more moderately priced hotel. Spend a day at Hersheypark theme park, where you'll find roller coasters, a waterpark, and more chocolate than you can possibly dream of.
Sesame Place, PA
If your daughter is young enough to love Sesame Street, then a trip to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, might be just the ticket. Here, there's a waterpark area, Cookie Monster-themed rides and play areas, musical parades, and plenty of opportunities to meet Elmo and Big Bird.